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Washington Nationals Grapefruit League GameThread: Nationals at Cardinals

Max Scherzer is on the mound for the Washington Nationals against the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon in Grapefruit League action that's available via and on the radio (1580 AM WJFK) with Charlie and Dave calling the action at 1:05 PM EDT.

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Gio Gonzalez was originally scheduled to start this afternoon's 1:05 PM EDT Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium.

As explained this morning, however, Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams shook things up to line the Nats' starters up for Opening Day, so Max Scherzer will actually go today with Gonzalez pitching tomorrow.

Here are the tweeted reports on the reshuffling from this morning's meeting with the Nationals' manager:

Michael Wacha starts for the Cardinals this afternoon.

Here's the lineup the Nationals are sending to Jupiter:

Williams also updated reporters on Anthony Rendon, the Nats' second baseman, who is working his way back from a strain of the MCL in his left knee, suffered on a diving defensive play at third base back on March 9th.

The Nationals' 24-year-old infielder had another MRI on the knee, which is "structurally sound" but with the knee still sore, Opening Day is "in jeopardy" for the 2011 1st Round pick:

So... should we read anything into Danny Espinosa being at third base this afternoon vs the Cardinals? Oh, Williams actually fielded a question about that...:

WATCH/LISTEN: The Nationals and Cardinals' Grapefruit League matchup is available via and Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler are calling the game on the radio on 1580 AM WJFK (and's Gameday Audio).

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